ABC Evening News for Wednesday, Aug 22, 2018
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(White House: Cecilia Vega) The new fallout from former Trump attorney Michael Cohen pleading guilty to campaign finance violations & implicating President Trump & Cohen's readiness to talk to special counsel former FBI director Robert Mueller reviewed; details given about the payoff to porn star Stormy Daniels at Trump's direction, the past conflicting statements from Trump. [White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee SANDERS - says he did nothing wrong.] [On plane, TRUMP - denies knowing about any payments.] Trump tweet quoted. [On Fox, TRUMP - says later he knew about the payments that did not come from the campaign.] Cohen's recording about payoffs played. [Paul Manafort's attorney Kevin DOWNING- thanks the judge, jury.] Trump tweet about Manafort quoted. Trump & the Manafort pardon issue discussed.
(Studio: David Muir) Report introduced.
(New York: Tom Llamas) Cohen's readiness to talk to Mueller examined; details given about the evidence about the hush money scheme to pay off two women & Russian hacking when e-mails were given out by WikiLeaks. [Cohen attorney Lanny DAVIS - says Cohen is ready to talk & has knowledge about hacking & Trump knowing; tells ABC Cohen does not want anything from Trump.] A new subpoena about Trump's charitable foundation discussed.